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Women's Tennis: Louisiana Wraps Up West Coast Trip With 4-3 Loss At UC Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. – Louisiana Women's Tennis (5-6), finished its trip to the West Coast with a close, 4-3, loss to UC Irvine (11-3) on Tuesday afternoon at the Anteater Tennis Courts.

Freshman Ai Noa Fabre, who went 2-0 on the trip, won herself a match in singles and freshman Hoda Habib snagged herself a win as well, while sophomore Dana Radovanovic got a win in singles as well in a competitive match.  The match was decided in doubles, attesting to the back-and-forth nature of the matchup.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Singles): The match began in singles, but a withdrawal by junior Marina Rodriguez Garcia at No. 3 singles meant that Louisiana began in a 1-0 hole.  At No. 1 singles, sophomore Floriane Picaut dropped her match to Stephanie Nguyen in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 to put UCI up 2-0.

At No. 4 singles, Louisiana got on the board with a straight set, 6-2, 6-1, win from Radovanovic over Alyssia Fossorier.  The Ragin' Cajuns tied things up at 2-2 with a win at No. 2 from Habib when she survived a tough match against Flora Amiri, winning 6-4, 7-6(6).

Fabre put Louisiana on the brink of victory with a comeback three-set win, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, over Arianna Tilbury.  After dropping the first set, Fabre dominated Tilbury over the next two sets to give Louisiana a 3-2 lead.

But UC Irvine would push the match to doubles when at No. 6, Jacqueline Tsodikova outlasted sophomore Morgan Forshag in a three-set showdown.  Forshag took the first set, and in the second set the match was decided in a tiebreaker.

Forshag nearly wrapped up the win for Louisiana, but Tsodikova would take the second set tiebreaker and follow that up with a third set win to come away with a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 win to push the match to a deciding doubles point.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Doubles): In doubles, at No. 1, the UC Irvine duo of Stephanie Hazell and Flora won against Fabre and Habib, 6-3, to give the Anteaters the first win in doubles.  At No. 2 UC Irvine wrapped up the match, but not without a strong fight from the Louisiana pairing of Picaut and freshman AK Harvey.

Picaut and Harvey pushed things to a tiebreaker, against the UC Irvine pairing of Danielle Garrido and Tsukiji, but the Anteaters' duo would hold off the charging Louisiana pairing to come away with a 7-6(5) win.  The win at No. 2 doubles gave UC Irvine a 4-3 win to wrap up Louisiana trip to the West Coast.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana returns to Cajun Courts for the first true Sun Belt Conference match in conference history, when the Georgia Southern Eagles and Georgia State Panthers spend the weekend in Lafayette, La.  The Eagles come to Cajun Courts on Friday, March 15 and the Panthers visit on Saturday, March 16 with both matches set to start at 10 a.m.

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Women's Tennis: Louisiana Drops First Two Matches On West Coast Swing


SAN FRANCISCO – Louisiana Women's Tennis (5-5), making its first trip to the West Coast in over a decade, dropped the first two matches it played over the weekend, falling 4-2 to San Francisco (6-4) on March 2 and losing 4-3 to Pacific (1-3) on March 3 with both matches being played at the San Francisco Tennis Club.

In both matches Louisiana was extremely competitive, with the match against Pacific being decided late in singles and Louisiana's matchup with San Francisco coming down to a three-set battle in singles.  Despite the outcomes for Louisiana the two matches showed the fight of the Ragin' Cajuns.

HOW IT HAPPENED (vs. USF): Louisiana's match against San Francisco began and finished in singles, with freshman Hoda Habib dropping her match against Emily Maxfield, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 singles to give USF an early 1-0 lead.  The Dons got a 2-0 lead at No. 6 when junior Milena Achlamov fell to Amber Del Rosario, 6-1, 6-3.

Louisiana got on the board with a straight set win from junior Marina Rodriguez Garica at No. 3, 6-2, 6-4, over Hanna Borjeson.  The score was tied up at No. 5 with a straight set, 6-3, 6-2, win by junior Clara Mantaux over Shanna Dos Santos.

With the match squared up at 2-2, the deciding points came down to No. 1 and No. 4 singles where, despite dropping the points, Louisiana would put up a strong fight.  The next point came at No. 1, where sophomore Floriane Picaut fell to Mya Bui, 6-3, 7-6(5), but it took a highly contested tiebreaking by Picaut to wrap up the match, but it did give San Francisco a 3-2 lead.

At No. 4, sophomore Dana Radovanovic battled through three sets with Margarita Treyes, falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.  Radovanovic nearly completed a big comeback, taking the second set to force a third set, but the Louisiana sophomore ran out of gas and the result of the match gave San Francisco a 4-2 win.

HOW IT HAPPENED (vs. Pacific): The match against the Tigers began with doubles, and Pacific got the first win in doubles, when at No. 3 doubles the duo of Picaut and Garcia lost to the Pacific pairing of Vyrlan and Vinolas, 6-2.  Louisiana answered with a 7-5 win at No. 2 doubles by Habib and Fabre over the Pacific duo of Nederstigt and Lopez, making the match at No. 1 doubles the deciding match for doubles.

At No. 1, Louisiana would fall, but the Ragin' Cajuns' pairing of Radovanovic and Mantaux put up a fight, despite the Louisiana duo's efforts the final points in doubles would fall the way of the Tigers.  Facing the Pacific pairing of Tan and Lee, the Louisiana duo fell 7-5, and the resulting doubles point meant that Pacific took a 1-0 lead into singles.

In singles Louisiana tied things up, 1-1, when Garcia won at No. 3 when Jacquie Tan withdrew from the match.  At No. 1, Picaut took down Anneroos Nederstigt in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, to give Louisiana a 2-1 lead early in singles.

At No. 2, Pacific got its first singles win, when Habib fell to Dohee Lee, 6-2, 6-2.  But Louisiana bounced back to take a 3-2 lead, when at No. 6 singles freshman Ai Noa Fabre knocked off Anna Vinolas Ramos in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

But Pacific would work its way back into the match, with a win at No. 4 when Radovanovic fell to Karina Vyrlan, 6-2, 7-5, to put the score at 3-3.  The deciding match in singles, and the match came at No. 5 when Mantaux dropped her match to Maya Lopez in a three-set battle.

Mantaux took the first set, 6-2, but she would drop the next two sets, eventually losing the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Lopez.  The result tied the score at 3-3 and meant that the match would be ultimately decided in doubles.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana plays one final match in California, with an 11 a.m. CT matchup on Tuesday, March 5, at the UC Irvine Anteaters.